The South Korean adaptation of the Spanish series Money Heist was released on Netflix on June 24. Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area season 1 has been one of the most talked-about series of the year. The first part of the Korean show includes Yoo Ji-Tae as The Professor, a strategist criminal mastermind who plans to pull off a heist in the Korean Peninsula.
Meanwhile, Park Hae-soo, who gained popularity after starring as Cho Sang-woo in Squid Game plays Berlin in the show which also includes Jun Jong-seo as Tokyo, Lee Won-jong as Moscow, Kim Ji-hun as Denver, Jang Yoon-ju as Nairobi, Lee Hyun-woo as Rio, Kim Ji-hoon as Helsinki and Lee Kyu-ho as Oslo. Money Heist Korea spoilers ahead!
Just like the original Spanish series, Money Heist Korea seems to create a stir on the Internet. Apart from the ensemble cast, and a gripping storyline, the Korean series has something unique from the original series that grabbed attention. The series includes K-pop band BTS’ popular song DNA which created a storm among BTS fandom, ARMY. A video of the same is being shared by fans on Twitter.
Money Heist: Korea starts with actor Jun Jong Seo starring as Tokyo, inspired by the original series, as a BTS fan. Tokyo was seen listening and grooving to the tunes of BTS’ hit song DNA in North Korea despite people’s judgement. In a scene, she is heard saying, “Fans of K-pop group BTS, are called ARMY. They have members all over the world.” Jun Jong Seo also adds, “Of course, there are ARMYs in North Korea too. Since I was a kid, I’ve secretly watched K-Dramas and I have always listened to K-pop.”
Tokyo later reveals that she served in the North Korean Army, which sets her apart from other BTS fans. However, the scene from Money Heist: Korea episode 1 went viral on Twitter with a user tweeting, ‘We (fans) are famous.’ Another user added to the comments, “If this isn’t most of us when we’re caught vibing to BTS in public, sometimes it doesn’t even register my mind cause I’m just doing my little dances and suddenly when someone makes eye contact I pretend and stumble just like she did.”
The Korean adaptation is based on the plot of South and North Korea on the verge of unification. A Joint Security Area, located where North and South Korea are today divided, contains a mint which becomes the focus of the heist plan. It is directed by Kim Hong Sun and written by Ryu Yong Jae. It stars Yoo Ji Tae, Park Hae Soo, Jeon Jong Seo, Lee Won Jong, and Park Myung Hoon among others.